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Taste Buds Brave Enough for These Spicy Cheeses?

Types of Spicy Cheese

Have a glass of ice water handy because what you’re about to read might have your eyes watering!

For those that love their food with heat, the spicier the better, but when it comes to cheese have you ever wondered what the hottest kinds are?

We’ve dug deep to uncover the spiciest cheeses out there, the types of peppers they use, and much more.

To help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve grouped the spiciest cheeses below from mild to extremely hot. The cheeses are ranked based on the heat the ingredients produce on the Scoville Scale, which measures the concentrations of heat within chili peppers. 

The heat measured is known as a Scoville Heat Unit and ranges from zero, where bell peppers fall on the scale, up to 2.2 million, which is the measurement for the notorious, and aptly named, Carolina Reaper pepper.

So, get your tastebuds ready, they’ll be on fire before you know it!

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Mild Spicy Cheese

Black pepper cheese and smoked black pepper cheese.

Black pepper doesn’t have a Scoville rating since it doesn’t contain capsaicin, which is the ingredient in chili peppers that imparts heat when tasting. Instead, the mild spiciness in black pepper comes from an alkaloid called piperine. Black pepper cheeses are typically made with white cheese that can be hard, soft or smoked with a nutty flavor and hint of spice from the pepper.

Medium Spicy Cheese

Chipotle cheese.

Most chipotle cheeses you’ll find will be on the milder side since the chipotle peppers range from 2,500 – 8,000 heat units on the Scoville scale, putting them in the milder category. Popular cheeses used with chipotle include jack cheese, gouda cheese, and chevre.

Sriracha Cheese

Similar to chipotle, sriracha peppers are toward the lower end of the Scoville scale and have heat units that range from 1,000 – 2,500 making them tolarable to those who like a hint of spice. Popular blends using sriracha include jack cheese and cheddar cheese.

Jalapeno Cheese

It might surprise you to see jalapenos classified as medium here, but the Scoville Scale puts them in the same category as chipotle with heat ranges not exceeding 8,000. Popular jalapeno cheese blends include muenster, cheddar, jack and juusto among others.

If jalapenos are too hot for you, then you don’t have any reason to read on, the heat only rises from here!

Hot Spicy Cheese

Buffalo wing cheddar cheese.

Buffalo wing cheddar is a favorite of partygoers and for good reason. The creamy mildness of the cheddar takes the edge of the heat from the buffalo wing sauce. Since some wing sauces have a Scoville heat unit of over 300,000, that’s a good thing!

Very Hot Spicy Cheese

Habanero pepper cheese.

The heat from habanero peppers starts at 100,000 and goes all the way up to 577,000 Scoville Units for the chocolate habanero. Some cheese makers use it sparingly, but most of the habanero cheeses on the market are plenty hot! You’ll typically find it blended with jack or cheddar cheeses.

Extremely Hot Spicy Cheese

Ghost pepper cheese.

The ghost pepper has its origins in India, where it’s known as Bhut Jolokia. It packs an eye watering 850,000+ Scoville Heat Units into each bite, so beware! Most cheese makers use cheddar with the ghost pepper . It can be deceptive since the heat is said to accumulate slowly so it’s best to use caution.

Chili Pepper Cheese

For the truly adventurous, cheeses in this category will send you running for the nearest glass of ice water.

Carolina Reaper Cheese. This cheese features specially grown peppers known as, you guessed it, Carolina Reapers. To call these hot doesn’t do it justice. For comparison, the average cayenne pepper can have up to 50,000 Scoville units, while Carolina Reapers boast a mouth singeing number that can reach as high as 2,000,000 Scoville units!

Running a close second to the Carolina Reaper is Scorpion Cheddar. This cheese is no slouch in the heat department either checking in at 1.2 million Scoville units.

Other Types of Spicy Cheese

We’ve included some other cheese below that while not technically rated on the Scoville Scale might still be considered spicy by some, so they’re worth a mention. Instead of deriving their heat from capsaicin, cheeses in this category derive the heat sensation you experience from allyl isothiocyanate.

Allyl isothiocyanate vaporizes quickly. As a result, you experience the heat sensation in your nostrils, as opposed to your tongue. Unlike the heat from chili peppers, it doesn’t linger but passes much sooner.

Horseradish Cheese and Wasabi Cheese

As previously mentioned, both horseradish and wasabi deliver their heat via allyl isothiocyanate , which doesn’t have a Scoville rating. Instead of experiencing the heat on your tongue, you will experience it in your nostrils. Another common example of food with allyl isothiocyanate is hot mustard . Cheeses used in this group are usually white cheddar, yellow cheddar or havarti.

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Hiya! I’m Kimberly, a contributing writer here at Miss Buttercup. I was born and raised in the UP, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for those who don’t know, the land of beautiful, beach-filled sunny summer days and bone-chilling long winters. Growing up there made me appreciate all the little things about life, especially the way a delicious meal can bring people closer together. I try and put that same feeling into each article I write and I hope it comes across that way!

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Some like it hot, and if thats you, you’re going to love this Jack cheese flavor. Not for delicate taste buds, this one is sure to bring a bead of sweat to your brow. It’s spicy hot (but oh so good!).

– Add a spicy bite to your next cheese platter.

– A spicy, but delicious, garnish for a Bloody Mary. Put it on between the pickle and the cheese curd!

– We’ve found this cheese pairs wonderfully with the smoky flavor of bacon, which is why we love it atop a bacon cheeseburger or a bacon grilled cheese.

4 reviews for 15.5 oz. Ellsworth Habanero Ghost Pepper Cheese

Wayne – February 13, 2022

This cheese is Delicious! I want a 5 pound block of it.

Brenda Stroeing – February 20, 2022

Looked for years to find a hot cheese with a creamy base, this is the best.

Johnbh99 – October 14, 2022

Wow! I rated it 5 stars but it is too damn hot for me. I like spicy stuff having lived and worked in various parts of the world but I think I have aged out of the super hot stuff .

Derek – December 22, 2023

Love this stuff about to order some more prefect for a gift for some that loves hot food

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Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball

For those that like a little extra spice in their life, this Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball is made for you!  Tangy cream cheese combined with ghost pepper powder and a savory blend of spices make the perfect spicy addition to your spread!  

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Looking for a spicy snack for heat-seeking guests?  This Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball is the perfect fiery appetizer!

This cheese ball is full of well-balanced flavor because the spicy ghost pepper powder perfectly complements the cream cheese and spices in this recipe.

If you have been subscribed to Flavorful Eats for a while now, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my family and I really enjoy spicy food! 

If you clicked on the Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball title and didn’t run for the hills, welcome home!

This ball of cheesy, spicy goodness is not just spicy; it’s also savory, smoky, and super flavorful. 

It’s exploding with amazing flavors, that when combined with the richness of cream cheese, creates a perfect bite!

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Ingredients needed for this recipe (scroll down to recipe card for complete recipe) :

  • Cream cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ghost pepper powder
  • Optional exterior: minced jalapeno, shredded cheese, nuts, etc.

How spicy is this cheese ball?

I would say that if you like your chicken wings above just “hot” and want your hot sauce to have more of a kick than traditional Tabasco or Cholula, this shouldn’t be too spicy for you. 

Furthermore, according to an online Scoville Scale, a jalapeno has a range of 2,500-8,000, a habanero 100,000-350,000, and a ghost pepper is 855,000-1,041,427. 

That being said, the amount of ghost pepper powder you choose to use affects how spicy the end result will be.

Looking for more spicy recipes?  Here are some favorites:

  • Habanero Garlic Pickles
  • Spicy Baked Chicken Legs
  • Fiery Habanero Hot Sauce (pictured below)
  • Spicy Chipotle Hummus
  • Roasted Tomato Habanero Salsa
  • Spicy Mexican Stuffed Peppers
  • Habanero Garlic Rice

Fiery Habanero Hot Sauce

Looking for more cheese balls?   Lemon Cheesecake Cheese Ball and Jalapeno Bacon Swiss Cheese Ball are great for those wanting a dessert cheese ball or a less-spicy option.

How to store leftover cheese ball?

Keep leftover cheese ball in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.  You can also wrap it securely in plastic wrap.

  • Ghost pepper powder can be hard to find.  You can get it HERE from Amazon .
  • I usually roll my cheese balls in shredded cheese, minced jalapeno, and/or bacon, but I really wanted the flavors of this cheese ball to shine, so I went with a simple shredded cheese exterior.  Feel free to replace it with a traditional nut coating, or if you prefer, let it go naked with no outside coating!
  • Smoked paprika is what gives this cheese ball its wonderful smoky flavor that really goes hand-in-hand with the other spices, so please don’t skip it!

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Ingredients    1x 2x 3x

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ghost pepper powder
  • 1/4 cup Optional exterior: minced jalapeno, shredded cheese, chopped nuts


  • Add cream cheese and spices to a medium bowl. Use a fork to mash everything together until it's combined very well, being sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes so the flavors can develop and infuse the cream cheese.
  • Take the cream cheese mixture out of the fridge and form it into a ball. I like to use my hands and roll it like a giant meatball. When you like the shape of your cheese ball you can leave it as is, or press some minced jalapeno, nuts, or shredded cheese to the exterior. Refrigerate until you're ready to eat. Serve with your favorite crackers and a cheese knife to make serving easier. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Queso (Gluten-Free)

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This super creamy, spicy queso dip made with Naturacentric Ghost Pepper Infused Honey makes for some flavorful comfort food at its finest! Naturally gluten-free.

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I’m a sucker for any kind of dip and this spicy Ghost Pepper Queso is no exception! It is warm, creamy, comforting, perfectly cheesy and packed with both sweet and spicy notes for a match made in heaven.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy to make.
  • Packed with big flavor and both sweet & spicy notes.
  • Creamy and comforting.
  • Can be enjoyed a variety of ways.
  • Vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.

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How-to Make Ghost Pepper Queso

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Ingredient Substitutions

Butter: You can replace the butter with any kind of oil you prefer, 1:1.

Half & Half: Any kind of milk, regular or plant-based can be used instead of half and half. Even coconut cream!

Tapioca Starch: Corn starch, arrowroot starch and potato starch make suitable substitutions for tapioca starch, if need be.

Cream Cheese: Creamy goat cheese or mascarpone make great substitutes for the cream cheese.

Mexican Cheese Blend: I really like the flavor that a shredded Mexican cheese blend adds, but absolutely any shredded cheese will do—sharp cheddar, pepper jack, monterey jack or colby jack all make great choices.

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How-to Serve

  • With tortilla chips.
  • Alongside fresh, crisp veggies.
  • Drizzle onto burritos or wraps.
  • Use as a soft pretzel dipping sauce.
  • Serve with a charcuterie board.

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Don’t skip the starch. Not only does it contribute to the creamy texture, it also ensures your dip stays smooth long after making it.

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Ghost Pepper Queso


  • 2 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • ¼ cup Naturacentric Ghost Pepper Honey


  • In a pot over medium heat add the butter and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the garlic is beginning to turn golden.
  • Add the half and half and bring to a simmer, while stirring frequently. Add the tapioca starch, while continuing to simmer and stir, about 2 minutes longer or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir until smoothly combined.
  • Turn off the heat, then whisk in the shredded cheese until completely melted. Add the ghost pepper honey and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Where the Ghost Pepper Stores Its Heat

New research explains how the hottest peppers get their spice.

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Most home cooks know that the trick for tempering the heat of a chili pepper is to remove the seeds. The reason why it often works: Conventional wisdom holds that a pepper’s power is concentrated in the placenta—the central core of the fruit that contains the seeds, otherwise known as the pith—and the thick veins that attach the placenta to the pepper wall. Removing the seeds, then, usually results in removing the placenta and veins, thus cooling the fruit’s heat.

Another trick: Sometimes it’s possible to determine the heat of a pepper just by looking. Because capsaicin, the substance that makes chilis hot, is a yellowish liquid in its pure form, yellow veins often indicate more spice.

“If you go to the grocery store, and, say, pick six jalapenos up, and cut them open and look at those veins, the more yellow you see, the hotter the jalapeno,” said Paul Bosland, a professor of horticulture and director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University.

Even when all those pieces are removed, though, some peppers—de-veined, de-seeded, and not yellow—still have a heat that just won’t chill, befuddling casual cooks and researchers alike.

For example, the ghost pepper, which doesn’t have many veins or appear particularly yellow, shouldn’t pack such a punch. But in 2007, Guinness World Records certified the ghost pepper as the world’s hottest chile pepper—some 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. (Pepper heat is measured in Scovilles, a unit based on the number of heat-producing alkaloids a pepper contains.)

It wasn’t until recently that researchers really understood the source of the ghost’s heat. One day last fall, Bosland and his colleagues were in the field cutting some ghost peppers when they noticed that the peppers walls were glistening in the sunlight. “Because the skin of the fruit is kind of a red-orange color, it’s sometimes hard to see that yellow vesicle. It just doesn't pop out at you like it does on the white placenta tissue,” said Bosland. The glistening made them think that perhaps the veins weren’t just along the interior placenta, but lining the inside wall of the fruit itself. Bosland took the peppers to Peter Cooke, who runs the electron microscope lab at New Mexico State University, to image it.

It turns out that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their fire, is well suited to fluorescence microscopy: Under the right conditions (think blacklights), it naturally glows in the dark. By giving the peppers the blacklight treatment, the researchers were able to show that though many varieties store the bulk of their heat in the center pith, some peppers work differently. They published their research in late 2015 in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Bosland and Cooke found that super-hot chili peppers—fruits that top one million on the Scoville scale—store as much heat in their fleshy skins as they do in the pith. In a jalapeno, if you remove the seed capsule, you slash the amount of capsaicin by roughly 100 percent—essentially all of the heat is in the placenta. But if you remove the veins and seed capsule from a ghost pepper, you reduce the amount of capsaicin by only 50 percent. In super-hot peppers, roughly half their capsaicin is stored in the skin. Stated plainly, super-hot peppers don't just have more capsaicin than chiller peppers; they store it differently.

“I’ve been saying that super-hot peppers are different for ten years,” said Ed Currie of the South Carolina based Pucker Butt Pepper Company. Currie breeds the Carolina Reaper, which at 1.5 million SHU claimed the title of the world’s hottest pepper in 2013. He’s also currently preparing to unveil a new pepper, currently titled HP56, which tops the Scoville scale at 2.2 million SHU—essentially with a bite as hot as pepper spray but in fruit form.

Currie can recite the health benefits of spice like a true pepper evangelist: The skin of super-hot peppers, he notes, has been studied for its cancer-fighting properties and effects on metabolism.

In fact, several studies in rodents and cells have found that capsaicin may help to fight cancers ranging from prostate cancer to colon cancer to leukemia . A 2015 study published in BMJ found that individuals who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14-percent decreased likelihood of dying. Capsaicin is already a treatment for psoriasis and muscle aches—synthetic capsaicinoids are the key ingredients in over the counter muscle creams like Bengay.

Meanwhile, outside of medicine, the increase in super-hot peppers or peppers greater than 1 million SHU—in the ‘80s super-hot peppers were thought to max out around 500,000 SHU—has risen in tandem with the nation’s appetite for spicier foods.

“For many decades the United States, France, and Northern Europeans didn’t really eat spicy foods,” said Bosland. “When I first started working here people asked me if chili peppers were a fad. Nobody asks that anymore—it’s more mainstream.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Gilbert Queeley, a research associate with  Florida A&M’s Cooperative Extension. Queeley works with farmers to help them find ways of increasing their profits from crops. Lately, that means scotch-bonnet peppers, which clock in at 100,000-350,000 SHUs, or 10 to 35 times hotter than the jalapeno. The increased demand and the scotch bonnet’s relatively high price—$2.75 to $3 dollars a pound, according to Queeley—means that some farmers can make significantly more money growing scotch bonnets than they can with other, more traditional vegetables.

“Most of the retailers around here and people in the hot-sauce industry were familiar with jalapeno peppers and Tabasco-type peppers, and for a while they stuck with what they knew,” said Queeley. “But once the Jamaican cuisine in particular started permeating throughout the south, and everyone got on the jerk sauce, and jerk seasoning, and jerk chicken bandwagon, the scotch bonnet pepper took off.”

And understanding the attributes that contribute to a pepper’s spice—like how capcaisin gets stored—makes it easier to breed peppers that meet demand, whether that’s medicinal or culinary.

Or both. Spice lovers say that the pain of eating a chili pepper is a draw, not a negative.  “With the chili heat, your body produces endorphins that make you feel better,” said Bosland. “You feel good when you eat it.”

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10 Ghost Pepper Recipes That Bring the Heat

Ghost Pepper Recipes

If you want to crank up the heat, try one of these ghost pepper recipes . 

They say the ghost pepper is 400 times spicier than jalapeño.

If you have trouble with the latter, I don’t recommend experimenting with ghost peppers.

Remember to wear gloves when handling because traces of ghost pepper can irritate your skin. They’re that spicy. 

Homemade Hot Ghost Pepper Sauce

You might be wondering where the name comes from.

That’s because after sinking your teeth into one of these firebombs, you’ll feel like a ghost is haunting you.

If you’re up for the challenge, then give one of these ghost pepper recipes a shot. Be prepared to feel the burn!

1. Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Are you a fiend for fiery sauces? If so, check out this recipe, which is guaranteed to make your mouth water (in a good way).

You can have this 7-ingredient recipe ready in just 30 minutes. Just chop, cook, then blend, that’s all there is to it!

This recipe recommends you wait a few days for the flavors to meld, but you can still use this sauce immediately.

Whether you drizzle over tacos, pizza, or steak, this ghost pepper hot sauce needs to be a mainstay on your fridge’s condiment shelf.

2. Ghost Pepper Salsa

Are you growing tired of the same old mild salsa? Shake things up with this intense recipe. 

You’ll love dunking your tortilla chips into this zesty bowl of magma. Be careful, though.

After popping a coated chip in your mouth, you might actually breathe out fire.

While this salsa is spicy at first, it’s also insanely delicious.

You add a hefty dose of garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime juice to create a medley of tasty flavors. 

Plus, this salsa only takes 10 minutes to whip up.

You can spend less time cooking and more time setting your tastebuds ablaze.

3. Ghost Pepper Jelly

Are you growing tired of the same Now, here’s a unique condiment you didn’t know you needed.

If you’re a little spice adverse, this recipe is here to help.

You use a combination of bell and ghost peppers to cool things down, but only just a bit.

You can still expect this sizzling condiment to ignite an inferno on your tongue.

Serve on top of a cracker slathered with cream cheese for a spicy-sweet pairing. 

The dairy from cream cheese acts as a fire extinguisher.

So you can enjoy the tingling sensation of ghost peppers with a touch of creaminess.

4. Ghost Pepper Ranch Dressing

Do you drizzle ranch on just about everything? Then be prepared to meet your new favorite sidekick.

This ghost pepper ranch pairs perfectly with chicken wings, raw veggies, salads, and more.

This dressing is the way to go whenever you want a creamy, spicy sauce.

Did I mention it only takes 5 minutes to whip up this recipe? Just chop, blend, and serve. It’s as easy as that. 

You can also adjust the amount of ghost pepper to your liking.

If it packs too much heat, stick to just incorporating a single ghost pepper. 

Or, if you want to turn up the thermometer, try adding three peppers. Just keep a glass of milk on hand in case.

5. Roasted Vegetable Pizza With Ghost Pepper Sauce

Do you like your pizza spicy? Like really spicy? Like, burn-the-insides-of-your-mouth spicy?

If so, you’re in for a treat. This roasted vegetable pizza will scratch that itch for a zesty slice, leaving your mouth watering for more.

It’s the perfect example of greasy comfort food with a sharp bite of ghost pepper.

At first, you’ll love sinking your teeth into the crisp crust, melted cheese, and sauteed veggies.

Then, the ghost pepper takes over and shocks your palate with white heat in the best way possible. 

6. Ghost Pepper Wings

These ghost pepper wings are perfect for game day, movie night, or whenever you’re craving finger foods.

You coat each chicken wing with a spicy glaze consisting of butter, ghost pepper, and other spices.

The secret is only using ¼ teaspoon of ghost pepper to add some heat without overpowering the sauce.

That way, you can still taste the other delicious flavors like smoked paprika, thyme, and lemon pepper. 

Still, these wings pack a mean punch of heat.

Serve them with your favorite blue cheese or ranch dip to help cool down your palate.

7. Ghost Pepper Chicken Curry

If you consider yourself a curry connoisseur, this recipe will knock your socks off.

You’ve never tasted anything like this ghost pepper chicken curry.

It’s a tasty blend of creamy, spicy, citrusy, and savory, culminating in one delicious mouthful.

When the temps are dipping below freezing, you can’t beat cozying up to this spicy curry.

After just one bite, you’ll immediately thaw out.

Best of all, you can have this curry ready in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for a winter weeknight dinner .

8. Spicy Penne Arrabbiata

Arrabiata is a spicy tomato sauce typically seasoned with red chili peppers to create a fiery twist. 

This rendition takes the classic recipe to a new level by adding a whole ghost pepper. 

It doesn’t stop there. This recipe also puts hot soppressata in the sauce, creating even more of a kick.

Don’t forget the chili flake garnish to finish off this sizzling dish.

If you like spicy pasta, this recipe is definitely for you. 

9. Ghost Pepper Queso

I’m always a sucker for good queso, and this recipe is no exception. 

Between the creamy, cheesy textures and the savory, spicy flavors, your palate is in for one soothing treat. 

This recipe is insanely easy to make, and you can have it ready on the table in just 20 minutes. 

All you need are 7 simple ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand.

If you’re craving some comfort food with a kick, check this amazing recipe out.

10. Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball

Where can you go wrong with cheese balls ? They’re the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s great for any occasion!

Try this innovative rendition if you really want to shake things up at your next holiday potluck.

You combine cream cheese with ghost pepper powder which adds a fiery spice to every bite.

The best part is that the spice doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors since you only use ⅛ teaspoon. 

This way, you can still enjoy the smoky, savory tastes of garlic and paprika without having your tastebuds burned. 

10 Ghost Pepper Recipes That Bring the Heat

Add some spice to your table with these ghost pepper recipes! From hot sauce to salsa to wings, if you like your food hot, you’ll love the ghost pepper!


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Queso Dip Recipe

This queso dip recipe is the perfect gooey cheese dip and so easy to make with lots of melted cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes and spices. Don't forget the chips!

Trying the best ever Queso Dip

We're making Queso Dip in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen tonight, my friends! Would you like some? Pull up a chair and grab some tortilla chips!

Queso dip is the perfect party food, isn't it? It's always the star of the gathering, all that wonderfully melty cheese loaded with spices, all gooey and dripping from every chip. Everyone loves this stuff.

You can easily grab a jar from the grocery store, but it really is so much better when you make it at home. This way, you can really control what goes into it. You can not only make it as spicy as you want - and I know you want to, my spicy food loving friends! - but you can also choose your own kind of cheese!

I love that.

You can use melty Mexican cheeses, like asadero or chihuahua for more of a white queso dip like your favorite Mexican restaurant, or pepper jack for an extra spicy version. I have made this with ghost pepper cheese and love it. Very spicy!

I prefer using a good real cheese for my queso dip, but this works with processed cheeses as well. Use your favorites! 

Let's talk about how we make queso dip, shall we?

Hot Queso Dip in a pan, ready to serve.

Queso Dip Ingredients

  • Melty Cheese. I am using white cheddar cheese today, but any melty cheese will work for you, and there are many, many choices. See the recipes notes for some options.
  • Olive Oil or Butter. For cooking.
  • Vegetables. Jalapeno peppers, onion, garlic, tomato and roasted peppers.
  • Spices. Cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and black pepper.
  • Cornstarch. For thickening.
  • Milk. I am using evaporated milk, as it contains less moisture and is easier for me to keep around, in the pantry, though this recipe works with regular milk. Use heavy cream for a richer version.
  • Hot Sauce. For some extra zing!
  • For Serving.  Extra diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, red chili flakes, fresh chopped cilantro, crispy tortilla chips

Mike taking a scoop of queso dip with a tortilla chip.

How to Make Queso Dip - the Recipe Method

Cook the Jalapenos, Onion and Garlic. Heat the oil in a large pan or medium pot to medium heat. Add the jalapenos and onion and cook for 3-4 minutes to soften. Add the garlic and cook another 1 minute, until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Tomatoes and Spices. Add the tomatoes, roasted peppers, cayenne, paprika, cumin and salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes to break down the tomatoes.

Cooking peppers, onions and tomatoes in a hot pan.

Add the Milk and Hot Sauce. Stir together the cornstarch and evaporated milk until well incorporated, then pour into the pan. Add hot sauce to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

Simmering vegetables and milk to make queso dip.

Incorporate Cheeses. Add the shredded cheese a handful at a time, and stir until cheese is melted through and well incorporated.

Stirring cheese into the pan to make queso dip.

Garnish and Serve. Remove from heat and top with extra diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, red chili flakes, fresh chopped cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips!

Boom! Done! Your queso dip is ready to serve! Looks delicious, doesn't it? So nice and cheesy! Don't forget the tortilla chips, my friends! I could seriously eat this all day long. Hungry!

Queso Dip in a bowl.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Cheese. You can use other melty cheeses to make queso dip. Other choices include pepper jack, Monterrey jack, yellow cheddar, yellow or white American cheese, Velveeta and others. Try Mexican cheeses like cotija, asadero, chihuahua or oaxaca for more of a Mexican cheese dip. Or use a combination. Add cream cheese for an even creamier version.
  • Block Cheese is Best. It is best to shred your own cheese for the perfect queso dip. Pre-shredded cheeses do not always melt as consistently due to added anti-clumping preservatives. 
  • Roasted Peppers. You can use canned green chile for this recipe, or roast your own favorite peppers. I am using roasted Hatch peppers today from my freezer, but you can roast some before cooking. Learn how to roast peppers here . Hatch peppers are great, as are mild Anaheims , poblano peppers , or go with jalapeno peppers for a bit more of a kick. This will work with any hot pepper, too.
  • Serving Queso Dip. For party situations, transfer your queso dip to a slow cooker or crock pot and keep warm. It will stay nice and melty that way.
  • Cheese Sauce. You can incorporate extra milk for thin out your cheese dip to serve it as more of a cheese sauce, perfect for serving up a plate of nachos or drizzling onto tacos, burritos and more.

Dipping a chip into a bowl of hot queso dip.

Storage & Leftovers

Storing your  Queso Dip  in an  airtight container  in the fridge may allow you to store the leftovers for up to 3-4 days. To maximize the storage life, make sure to refrigerate it promptly.

Patty's Perspective

Queso Dip is my ultimate weakness. If there is ever an open jar of the store bought stuff in the fridge, I’m completely doomed! I’ll just grab some chips and dip them right in, snacking here and there, feeling guilty for it. Sometimes I’ll heat it up and then I really can’t stop.

When Mike said he was going to make a homemade version, I was super excited, but also very scared. Because I ultimately knew I’d eat every last bite and not want to share. And it is SOOOOOOOO much better than store bought. Luckily I have Mike to help control and portion it to me. Cuz he wants to make sure he gets some for himself, obviously!!

And….. there’s still some leftover in the fridge right now. Maybe I can sneak some without him noticing. 😉

That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this awesome queso dip recipe. Let me know if you make it and what cheeses you've chosen to use. I'd love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

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Queso Dip on a chip

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Queso Dip Recipe


  • 8 ounces white cheddar cheese or other melty cheese - this recipe will work with any melty cheese. See the recipe notes section.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium tomato chopped (or use cherry tomatoes)
  • 5 ounces diced roasted peppers use canned, or roast your own favorite peppers - I am using roasted Hatch peppers
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk canned - or use can use milk or cream
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • For Serving: Extra diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, red chili flakes, fresh chopped cilantro, crispy tortilla chips


  • Heat the oil in a large pan or medium pot to medium heat. Add the jalapenos and onion and cook for 3-4 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 1 minute, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes, roasted peppers, cayenne, paprika, cumin and salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes to break down the tomatoes.
  • Stir together the cornstarch and evaporated milk until well incorporated, then pour into the pan. Add hot sauce to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese a handful at a time, continually stirring, until it is melted through and well incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and top with extra diced tomatoes, sliced peppers, red chili flakes, fresh chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with tortilla chips!

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Judy P says

February 06, 2023 at 8:22 am

Is there any difference between Queso Fresco and the cheeses you mentioned in the notes? I couldn't find the Cotija. We don't have a large Hispanic population in our little town so the stores we do have don't carry much.

Mike Hultquist says

February 06, 2023 at 8:29 am

Judy, queso fresco is more like a farmer's cheese, more crumbly with very little flavor. I would use other melty cheeses available to you, like white cheddar, a bit of mozzarella, pepper jack, Monterey jack.

Shalimar says

December 26, 2022 at 2:42 pm

December 26, 2022 at 2:49 pm

Sounds great to me! Thanks, Shalimar!

Jérémie says

September 02, 2021 at 11:58 am

Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

September 02, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Awesome! Thanks, Jérémie! I do appreciate it!

September 02, 2021 at 9:18 am

September 02, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Neil, yes, a little bit, but still tasty. Add a bit of liquid to help keep the consistency when reheating.

jeffrey palmer says

May 28, 2021 at 11:09 am

Velveeta was pretty good

but next time will be true to the recipe

I like the tang of real cheese

May 28, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for reporting in, Jeffrey. See how it goes next time.

Damien C. says

May 27, 2021 at 11:17 am

Thanks so much, Damien! I appreciate it!

May 27, 2021 at 11:10 am

how would you do it - using Velveeta?

May 27, 2021 at 11:18 am

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For thrill seekers looking to double down on spice, the new Ghost Pepper Fries are a must. Made with Wendy’s natural-cut, Hot & Crispy French Fries, our Ghost Pepper Fries are coated in a unique spicy fry sauce for the ultimate flavor upgrade that you won’t want to go ghost on. They’re the perfect crispy complement to our Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich.  

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Ghost Pepper – All about Heat, Flavor, Uses, Substitutes

In this article about ghost pepper:.

🗺️ Origin and history | 🌶️ Uses | ✨ Appearance and taste | 🌶️ Types | 🧑‍🌾 Growing – gardening | 👨‍🍳 Cooking – recipes | 🛒 Where to buy | 🫙 How to store | 👨‍⚕️ Health benefits | 🌶️ Alternatives and substitutes | ❓ Frequently asked questions

What is Ghost Pepper?

The ghost pepper, also known as Bhut Jolokia, is a variety of chili pepper indigenous to Northeast India. When fully matured, these elongated, vibrantly-colored peppers transition from shades of green to intense red, orange, or chocolate brown. Often found in dried or powdered form, ghost peppers are also utilized in their fresh state for making hot sauces, salsas, and other spicy condiments. They are sometimes called Naga Jolokia or ghost chilies.

Ghost peppers are renowned for their exceptional spiciness, registering significantly higher on the Scoville scale than other well-known chili varieties like jalapeños or habaneros . However, despite their remarkable heat, ghost peppers exhibit a distinctly fruity and mildly sweet taste.

Are Ghost Peppers spicy? How hot are they?

Ghost pepper scoville: 855,000 to 1,041,427 SHU

Ghost peppers are notorious for their extreme heat, ranking significantly higher on the Scoville scale than many other chili varieties. Ghost pepper Scoville ratings typically range between 855,000 and 1,041,427 Scoville heat units; for comparison, jalapeños usually register between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. Ghost peppers even more significantly surpass less spicy peppers, like heatless bell peppers (0 Scoville units) and banana peppers , which have a heat level akin to pepperoncini (100-500 Scoville units).

On the other hand, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and the Carolina Reaper offer even more intense heat levels, surpassing the ghost pepper’s extraordinary spiciness. In addition, chili peppers offer a wide range of heat profiles to suit every preference and palate.


Where do ghost peppers come from.

Ghost peppers, or Bhut Jolokia, are indigenous to northeastern India, specifically the states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. These potent chili peppers have been integral to the region’s culinary and cultural traditions for centuries. Ghost peppers were eventually introduced to other parts of the world, gaining popularity among spice enthusiasts and daring food lovers. Today, ghost peppers are cultivated in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, further expanding their influence and reputation as one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.

Uses for ghost pepper

What are Ghost Peppers good for? How to use them?

Ghost peppers are incredibly versatile and can be used in the kitchen in numerous ways, providing intense heat and a unique flavor to dishes. They are often incorporated into hot sauces, salsas, and other condiments, adding a fiery kick.

Ghost pepper hot sauces are famous for bringing significant heat to any meal. These sauces can be used as a condiment for tacos and burgers or a dipping sauce for wings. Ghost pepper hot sauces provide heat and impart a fruity, slightly sweet undertone that enhances a dish’s overall flavor.

Ghost pepper salsa is another delicious way to incorporate this chili pepper into your culinary creations. Combining ghost pepper with tomatoes, onions, and other ingredients creates a spicy and flavorful salsa perfect for dipping tortilla chips or topping your favorite Mexican dishes. The intense heat of the ghost pepper pairs well with the acidity of the tomatoes, creating a well-balanced, fiery, and tasty salsa.

A unique way to use ghost peppers is by creating ghost pepper salt. Combining dried, ground ghost peppers with coarse sea salt can produce a spicy seasoning that adds a kick to any dish. This salt can be sprinkled on grilled meats and roasted vegetables or even used to rim the glass of a spicy cocktail.

Ghost pepper wine is an unconventional and intriguing use of these chili peppers. Infusing ghost peppers into wine creates a distinct beverage with a surprising combination of fruity, sweet, and spicy flavors. This daring concoction is perfect for those seeking a new and exciting experience. However, be forewarned that the spiciness of the ghost pepper wine is not for the faint of heart; drinking it straight should be approached with caution and an adventurous spirit.


What do ghost peppers look like.

Ghost peppers are medium-sized, pod-like, elongated chili peppers with a wrinkled, rough surface. They typically measure between 2 and 3 inches in length and about 1-2 inches in width. The peppers transform color as they ripen, starting as green and turning a vibrant red or orange when fully mature. Their distinct appearance, featuring a pointed tip and thin, crinkled skin, sets them apart from other chili varieties. When dried, ghost peppers have a dark reddish-brown hue and a more pronounced wrinkled texture.

What does Ghost Pepper taste like?

Ghost peppers have an intense, fiery heat and a surprisingly fruity and sweet undertone. The initial taste can be deceptive, as the mild sweetness quickly gives way to a powerful, lingering spiciness. The heat from the ghost pepper builds gradually, reaching its peak intensity after a few moments. Although their extreme heat may not suit everyone, the unique blend of sweetness and spiciness has won over many chili enthusiasts and adventurous eaters who appreciate these peppers’ complex flavor profile.

What are the different types of Ghost Peppers?

Ghost peppers are available in various colors, each with distinct characteristics. Here, we delve into three unique types: yellow, peach, and purple ghost peppers.

The yellow ghost pepper features a vibrant yellow hue and a fruity, citrusy taste. While still intense, its heat level is slightly milder than the more common red ghost pepper. As a result, yellow ghost peppers work well in dishes with a touch of brightness and a powerful kick, such as salsas, hot sauces, and marinades.

Peach ghost peppers are unique due to their pale orange or peach-colored appearance. They also possess a slightly sweet and fruity flavor while still packing the intense heat of ghost peppers. The peach ghost pepper’s distinctive color and taste make it an excellent choice for adding visual appeal and a fiery punch to various recipes, including spicy jams and jellies.

The purple ghost pepper is a rare variety characterized by its deep purple color, sometimes appearing almost black. This visually striking pepper maintains the extreme heat of its ghost pepper siblings with a slightly earthy and fruity flavor profile. The purple ghost pepper’s dramatic appearance adds an exotic touch to dishes, making it a popular choice for creating a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.


How to grow ghost pepper.

Ghost peppers are an exciting option for cultivating. These peppers thrive in warm climates with ample sunlight and can be grown in the ground and in containers. To successfully grow ghost peppers, ensure they are planted in well-draining soil and watered consistently. These peppers also benefit from regular fertilization.

When to pick Ghost Pepper?

Typically, ghost peppers require 120-150 days to reach full maturity (depending on the growing conditions). Therefore, harvesting the peppers regularly is essential, encouraging further growth and yield as they ripen. Though their long maturation period can make ghost peppers challenging to grow, the reward of having homegrown, intensely spicy peppers is well worth the effort for both gardening enthusiasts and chili lovers.

Recipe ideas for ghost pepper


Cooking / recipe ideas for ghost pepper.

Known for their intense heat and distinct flavor, ghost peppers can be incorporated into various dishes for a fiery twist. One popular use is ghost pepper hot sauce, which adds a powerful kick to everything from tacos to eggs. To make this sauce, blend ghost peppers with garlic, onion, vinegar, and a touch of honey or sugar for a balanced flavor. The result is a versatile and spicy sauce you’ll want to drizzle on all your favorite dishes.

Ghost pepper cheese is another delicious way to enjoy the heat of ghost peppers. Many specialty cheese makers produce spicy cheeses infused with ghost pepper powder, which adds a fiery punch. These cheeses can be added to sandwiches and burgers or served on a cheese platter for an adventurous experience.

Ghost pepper powder is a convenient way to incorporate the heat and flavor of ghost peppers into your cooking. Use it as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, or even popcorn. A little goes a long way, so be cautious when adding it to your recipes.

Ghost pepper jelly is a unique condiment that combines fruit preserves’ sweetness with the ghost peppers’ heat. Spread it on toast, serve it with cream cheese and crackers, or use it as a glaze for grilled meats. Either way, the combination of sweet and spicy will surely please those who love bold flavors.

For an Asian-inspired dish, try making ghost pepper noodles. Toss cooked noodles with a sauce made from soy sauce, sesame oil, ghost pepper powder, and your choice of vegetables or protein. The result is a delicious, spicy noodle dish perfect for a quick dinner.

Finally, ghost pepper wings offer a fiery spin on a classic appetizer. Toss your favorite chicken wings in a sauce made from melted butter, ghost pepper hot sauce, and a touch of honey for a spicy, sticky, and addictive treat. Serve these wings at your next gathering and watch them quickly disappear.


Where can i buy ghost pepper.

Ghost peppers can be found either fresh or dried at select grocery stores. Try looking in specialty food stores, ethnic markets, or farmers’ markets if you cannot find them at your local grocery store. You can also purchase ghost peppers online from various websites and deliver them to your doorstep.

When purchasing, choose firm ghost peppers with vibrant colors. Avoid peppers that are soft, shriveled, or have dark spots on them, as they could be past their prime.

In addition to fresh or dried peppers, you can also find various ghost pepper products, such as hot sauces, salts, and powders. You can usually find these items available in the spice or condiment sections of grocery stores or online retailers.

Where can I buy Ghost Pepper plants?

You can purchase your ghost pepper plants from garden centers or nurseries specializing in selling vegetable plants. You can also buy the plants online from various websites.

When choosing ghost pepper plants, look for healthy plants with strong stems and green leaves. Avoid those that look wilted or have yellow leaves, as they could be unhealthy.

Where can I buy Ghost Pepper seeds?

You can purchase ghost pepper seeds online or from a local garden center to grow plants from seed. When planting ghost pepper seeds, follow the instructions on the seed packet and plant them in a location with plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil.

How to store ghost peppers


How do i store ghost peppers.

You can keep fresh ghost peppers in the fridge for two weeks. To preserve them longer, put the peppers in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container and place it in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Store dried ghost peppers and products like powders and flakes in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. Use airtight containers to ensure their freshness and avoid moisture contamination.

Can Ghost Peppers be frozen?

Ghost peppers can be frozen. First, clean the peppers and detach the stems. Next, arrange the peppers neatly in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for a few hours. After frozen, move the peppers into an airtight container or plastic freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months.


Are ghost peppers healthy.

Ghost peppers are low in calories but high in fiber, making them nutritious for your diet. They also provide vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, and vitamin A, essential for maintaining healthy eyes and skin.

Ghost peppers also contain capsaicin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Research has also demonstrated that capsaicin can enhance metabolism and support weight loss.

However, some individuals might experience gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming spicy foods like ghost peppers. Therefore, if you feel discomfort after eating ghost peppers, lessen your intake or avoid them.

Additionally, due to their extreme heat, consuming large quantities of ghost peppers is difficult, meaning that the nutritional benefits may be limited by the small amounts typically consumed.


What’s a good ghost pepper alternative.

Are you searching for suitable ghost pepper substitutes? There are several options available to cater to various heat preferences. For a milder alternative, use habanero peppers; although still spicy, they possess less heat than ghost peppers and work well in sauces and salsas.

Cayenne peppers offer a more moderate heat option with a distinct flavor that can be incorporated into various dishes like curries and stews. Finally, consider serrano peppers to reduce the spiciness further; they can be used in salsas, sauces, and soups while still providing a kick.

For a more versatile, milder choice, jalapeño peppers do well in many recipes. Remember to remove the seeds and membranes to reduce the spiciness. Jalapeños also provide a subtle spiciness that doesn’t overpower the dish, making them an excellent substitute for those who prefer less heat.

RELATED: Read our in-depth guide about ghost pepper substitutes

How do you pronounce ghost pepper?

The ghost pepper is pronounced gohst PEH-per .


Faq about ghost peppers, can ghost peppers burn your skin.

Yes, ghost peppers can cause skin irritation due to their high capsaicin content. Wear gloves when handling these peppers to avoid skin burns or discomfort. In this way, the capsaicin found in ghost peppers is the source of their intense heat; when it comes into contact with your skin, it can cause a burning sensation, redness, or even blisters. It's also essential to avoid touching your face after handling ghost peppers, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, as capsaicin can cause severe pain and irritation. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling ghost peppers can minimize the risk of irritation.

Can ghost pepper kill you?

Although extremely spicy, ghost peppers are unlikely to kill healthy individuals. However, overconsumption may lead to severe gastrointestinal distress and other complications, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.

Can ghost peppers give you diarrhea?

Ghost peppers may cause diarrhea in some individuals, as their intense spiciness can irritate the digestive system, leading to gastrointestinal discomfort. In addition, the high capsaicin content in ghost peppers can also trigger the body's natural response to expel irritants, resulting in diarrhea or other digestive issues. Therefore, it's essential to consume ghost peppers in moderation and be cautious if you have a sensitive stomach or a demonstrated history of digestive problems.

Why the name ghost pepper?

The ghost pepper, Bhut Jolokia, derives its name from the Assamese language. The term "bhüt jolokia" translates to "Bhutanese pepper." Unfortunately, the word "bhüt" was mistakenly associated with the near-homonym "bhut," meaning "ghost." Consequently, the pepper's name was thought to be linked to its intense heat that creeps up on the consumer.

Is ghost pepper hotter than Carolina Reaper?

No, the Carolina Reaper is hotter than the ghost pepper. The Carolina Reaper holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest chili pepper, with Scoville heat units ranging from 1,400,000 to 2,200,000. On the flip side, the ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest, with its Scoville ratings typically ranging between 855,000 and 1,041,427 units.

Is ghost pepper hotter than habanero?

Yes, ghost peppers are substantially hotter than habanero peppers. With a Scoville rating of over 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), ghost peppers greatly surpass the heat level of habanero peppers, which typically register 100,000 to 350,000 SHU. This difference in intensity makes ghost peppers a formidable choice for those wanting a truly fiery experience.

Similarities and differences between ghost pepper and other peppers

  • Ghost Pepper VS Carolina Reaper
  • Ghost Pepper VS Scotch Bonnet
  • Ghost Pepper VS Habanero
  • Ghost Pepper VS Jalapeño
  • Ghost Pepper VS Naga Viper
  • Ghost Pepper VS Scorpion Pepper

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What Is a Ghost Pepper and How Hot Are They?

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Perhaps you've watched talk shows where the host challenged a guest to eat a ghost pepper as part of an attention-grabbing segment. If you don't know anything about these super hot peppers, you might think it's an ordinary occurrence. 

Ghost peppers are some of the world’s hottest peppers — way hotter than jalapeño peppers or even habanero peppers — which means it's fairly impressive when someone can withstand the spice to eat one. In fact, in 2007, Guinness World Records labeled the ghost pepper the world’s hottest chili pepper.

Let's explore more about this pepper and everything you need to know before trying one. Then, we'll show you more ways to incorporate spice into your favorite meals for elevated home cooking.

Where Do Ghost Peppers Come From?

Ghost peppers are a hybrid pepper made from Capsicum Chinense and Capsicum Frutescens, and they're part of a family of peppers known as the Capsicum Chinense variety. This spicy pepper shares this classification with habanero, scotch bonnet, and red savina.

This kind of pepper is grown all over the world. However, they originate from northeast India, where they are a featured ingredient in curries. 

Ghost pepper plants are technically called bhut jolokia peppers (translated as “Bhutan pepper” in Assamese_)._ It has also earned the nickname bih zôlôkia in Assam_, which means “_poison chili”. In Nagaland, this pepper is called naga jolokia , which means “Naga chili.”

Are Ghost Peppers Healthy?

You may wonder if there are any nutritional benefits to eating ghost peppers. If you can stand the heat, this pepper has several nutritional benefits.

First, ghost peppers are low in calories and fat, making them an attractive addition to spicy dishes. Additionally, ghost peppers also include vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help fight free radicals throughout your body.

How Hot Are Ghost Peppers?

You may have heard of this infamous pepper and are curious about trying it yourself. If you're someone who can handle the spice, trying this pepper could be an exciting bucket list activity for you. 

Before you try this pepper, it's worth understanding how hot it can taste. Let's talk about the Scoville Heat Scale to understand how hot ghost peppers are. 

Scoville Rating

The Scoville Heat Scale is a system that ranks peppers, hot sauce, and other spicy foods according to Scoville Heat Units, or SHUs. The scale is named after Wilbur Scoville, who created the scale in 1972 to compare the heat of chili peppers based on capsaicinoids. 

On this scale, bell peppers maintain a ranking of 0 SHUs, having no spice whatsoever. 

In 2007, the ghost pepper was crowned the spiciest pepper on the Scoville Scale at 800,000-1,001,300 SHUs. However, since then, cross-breeding peppers have caused the ghost pepper to lose its top-ranked position. Despite this, it remains an impressive spice level, nearly three times as hot as habaneros. 

Today, the Carolina Reaper pepper has earned a spot at the very top of the scale with 2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units.

What Are the Pros Eating a Ghost Pepper?

Want to try a ghost pepper for yourself? Before you make the decision to try this pepper, you may want to weigh the pros and cons. Then, you can know for certain whether ghost peppers are for you or if you should stick with other spicy dishes to satisfy your cravings.

Ghost Peppers Are Safe for Some People

Beginning with the pros, it's worth noting that some people can eat bits of this pepper with little discomfort. The rule of thumb is that you may be able to eat them every day as long as the amount you consume is under 1/50th of your body weight. 

Though you may be able to eat parts of a ghost pepper every day, you probably want to avoid eating an entire ghost pepper regularly since the sensation can be intense and even painful. 

Ghost Peppers Can Give You Bragging Rights

Another potentially positive factor of trying ghost peppers is the bragging rights that can accompany the experience. 

Since these peppers have a reputation as one of the world's hottest-known foods, taking a bite of one is impressive. If you think you can take the heat, eating part of a ghost pepper could be a conversation starter that leaves people stunned.

What Are the Cons of Eating Ghost Peppers?

Let's discuss the possible cons of eating a ghost pepper. 

Ghost Peppers Can Cause Physical Discomfort

As we have mentioned, this pepper has earned its ranking toward the top of the Scoville heat scale, making it a food not many can try comfortably. 

After trying this pepper, some people report feeling that their whole body feels as if it is on fire. Here’s a disclaimer: if you plan on trying this food, it's best to wear gloves and goggles since even the oils on the outside of the pepper can cause a burning sensation. 

Ghost Peppers Can Cause Adverse Reactions

When deciding whether you want to try this pepper, it's a good idea to keep the possible side effects in mind. For one, eating this pepper in large quantities can lead to hospitalization, so it's not a pepper to play around with. 

If you still think eating this pepper is something you want to try, be aware that capsaicin is the primary factor that makes peppers hot. This substance activates the pain sensors in your nerves, and too much of it has caused some to experience seizures, heart attacks, or hallucinations. The essential guiding principle for this pepper is that everything is best in moderation.

Recipes To Make With Ghost Peppers

Are you still feeling adventurous? If you want to give ghost peppers a try in small quantities, you can do so with a few easy recipe ideas. Let's take a look at dish ideas you can try if you have a predisposition for spice. 

  • Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce: Do you want to take your burritos to new spice levels? You can combine ghost peppers, tomatoes, vinegar, and olive oil to create an extra extra-hot hot sauce.
  • Pineapple Ghost Chili Sauce: This hot sauce adds some sweetness from pineapple to counteract the blast of heat from the ghost peppers. 
  • Ghost Pepper Jelly: Did you know you can make jelly from ghost peppers, sugar, pectin, and cider vinegar? Spread it on toast if you dare.

Ghost Pepper Tip: If you plan on preparing ghost pepper hot sauce, chili, jelly, or spread, try adding very little amounts of the pepper initially. You can always add more if you want an extra fiery sensation, and adding little bits at a time can ensure you achieve a brilliant fire-to-flavor ratio.

More Spicy Meal Ideas

Perhaps you're a lover of all things spicy, but you need more time to be ready to traverse into the territory of the ghost pepper. If you want to indulge in more flavorful, decadent hot sauces and spicy home-cooked meals, we've got a few easy ideas to make your dreams a reality. 

Try Adding Hot Sauce to Your Snack Platters

What makes the perfect snack tray for guests visiting your home? Having several flavors on deck can make for a well-rounded tasting experience. 

If you've already planned sweet and savory dishes, consider adding some spice to the mix for a tantalizing, mouth-watering touch. TRUFF Luxury Hot Sauces make the perfect match for burritos, wings, and even snacks like popcorn.

Cook Spicy Italian Dishes

The savory, bold flavors of traditional pasta dishes make Italian cuisine popular in many households. Still, even the most well-loved dishes could use a tune-up now and then. If you want to add a personal touch to some of your favorite Italian recipes, consider using TRUFF Black Truffle Arrabbiata Sauce.

TRUFF Black Truffle Arrabbiata Sauce is a high-quality pasta sauce that has a vibrant tomato flavor combined with elegant truffles and bold red chili peppers. Try substituting your usual pasta sauce for this alternative for an elevated Italian dish that brings the heat. 

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What separates an incredible sandwich from a boring one? Often, the quality of the ingredients hold a significant influence, but the condiments steer the ship when it comes to flavor.

Our TRUFF Spicy Mayonnaise includes all the high-quality ingredients of our usual truffle mayonnaise with added spice. Include this spicy spread on your favorite sandwiches, and you'll be addicted to each bite.

Elevate Your Home Cooking With TRUFF

Trying ghost peppers is one way to branch out and experience fiery flavors, but it's not for everybody. 

When you want to enjoy your dish with mild or moderate spice that doesn't overpower other flavors, adding TRUFF sauces into the mix is the way to go. Spicy TRUFF sauces can enhance your favorite meals with the best-quality ingredients and indulgent truffles in every bite.

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Brace Yourself: Just How Spicy Are Ghost Pepper Noodles?

  • By Bill Kalkumnerd
  • Updated September 22, 2023
  • In Instant Noodles

Ghost pepper noodles have earned a reputation as one of the spiciest noodle dishes you can find. But just how fiery are they really? What exactly gives these noodles their extreme heat? And can you even enjoy them without scorching your tastebuds?

In short – yes, ghost pepper noodles live up to the hype as seriously spicy. Their intense burn comes from the iconic ghost pepper, one of the world’s hottest chilis. But with the right techniques, you can handle and even learn to love their heat.

This article will give you the inside scoop on ghost pepper noodles’ spice level and how to make them enjoyable. We’ll explore what makes them so hot, tips for toning down the heat, mouth-saving remedies, and more. Read on to unveil the secrets behind this infamous noodle dish!

The key points we’ll cover include:

  • What gives ghost peppers their sky-high Scoville rating
  • Handling the heat with easy ways to tone it down
  • Emergency cooling measures for capsaicin overload
  • Perfect flavor pairings to balance the burn
  • Safe storage and reheating of spicy leftovers

With this intel, you’ll be fully prepared before facing the ghost pepper noodle challenge. So get ready to turn up the heat and discover just how devilishly spicy these noodles can be!

What Gives Ghost Pepper Noodles Their Extreme Spice ?

Ghost pepper noodles get their extreme heat from the iconic ghost pepper, also known as bhut jolokia. This pepper ranks among the world’s spiciest chili peppers on the Scoville scale, a measurement of spiciness.

Some fun facts about the ghost pepper:

  • Scoville rating:  over 1 million  (compare to a jalapeño at 2,500-8,000!)
  • Originated in Northeast India but now grown worldwide
  • Flavor described as fruity, citrusy, and smoky
  • Used in many spicy cuisines, especially Indian and Thai

The capsaicin compound gives all chili peppers their signature spice . The higher the concentration of capsaicin, the hotter the pepper will taste. Since ghost peppers contain so much capsaicin, even a small amount delivers face-melting heat.

When ghost peppers are blended into noodles, you get an extremely spicy dish perfect for hardcore spice lovers. But those noodles can quickly overwhelm if you’re not prepared!

Ghost Pepper Noodles Are Hot, But Not Pure Ghost Pepper Hot

Now don’t let the name fool you – while ghost pepper noodles pack some serious heat, they are not quite as spicy as eating a raw ghost pepper!

The noodles are made using ghost pepper flakes or a ghost pepper seasoning blend. This dilutes the pepper’s intensity and distributes the heat throughout the dish.

In comparison, biting into a whole fresh ghost pepper can be almost unbearably hot, with immediate burning and profuse sweating. The experience of eating ghost pepper noodles is much more mild and manageable.

That said, ghost pepper noodles are still considered one of the spiciest noodle products on the market. The ghost pepper heat is very prominent, especially if you are not used to extremely spicy foods.

So ghost pepper noodles provide an exciting, flaming hot experience without subjecting your taste buds to the full wrath of an actual raw ghost pepper. You get all the unique fruity, smoky flavor with a spiciness that is still quite fiery but won’t necessarily make you fear for your life!

How Ghost Pepper Noodles Rank Against Other Fiery Noodles

While undeniably scorching hot, ghost pepper noodles aren’t the only spicy noodles around. How do they compare to other fiery noodle dishes?

Ghost pepper noodles are still considered one of the spiciest noodle products on the market. The ghost pepper flavor is very prominent and hot, especially for those unused to extreme spice .

That said, they aren’t as hot as eating a raw ghost pepper itself. You get the fruity, smoky taste without the full mouth-burning wrath.

Compared to these other noodles, ghost pepper noodles are extra fiery, Their extreme ghost pepper concentration takes the spice factor to the next level.

One other spicy noodle product that gives ghost pepper noodles some competition is Culley’s World’s Hottest Ramen . This ramen contains Carolina Reaper peppers, which surpass ghost peppers on the Scoville scale as the world’s hottest chilis.

Culley’s World’s Hottest Ramen clocks in at a whopping 1.6 million Scoville heat units! It literally comes with a health warning on the packaging cautioning that the spice level can be life-threatening.

If it your first time to challenge spicy noodles , here is the two options you can try before:

Buldak Ramen is a popular South Korean instant noodle made spicy with chicken broth and chili oil. It ranks around 4,000-8,000 on the Scoville scale. The hottest of all buldak is 3x Spicy HOT Chicken Flavor Ramen that exceed over 13,000 Scoville scale.

Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles get their heat from chili oil and Sichuan peppercorns, averaging 1,500 to 2,000 Scoville units.

For hardcore heat seekers, ghost pepper ramen remains one of the hottest noodle challenges out there!

Handling the Heat: Tips for Toning Down Ghost Pepper Noodles

Just because ghost pepper noodles are super spicy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their unique flavor. Here are some easy ways to give your taste buds a fighting chance:

Start with Small Portions

It’s easy to get carried away eating spicy noodles, but take it slow at first. Try a few bites and wait for the heat to build before diving in for more.

Add Mild Ingredients

Mix in mild veggies, proteins, herbs, or spices to help balance the kick. Chicken, basil, and lime work great.

Use Less Seasoning

Cut back on the amount of ghost pepper seasoning or sauce added to the noodles. You can always add more later if needed.

Mix with Milder Sauces

Stir the ghost pepper noodles into a milder sauce to dilute the overall spiciness. Peanut sauce is a tasty pairing.

A spoonful of yogurt or drizzle of cream can help offset the burning sensation. The fat binds to capsaicin to temporarily tame the flames.

Emergency Measures: How to Soothe a Flaming Mouth

So you got cocky and went all-in on those ghost pepper noodles, huh? Now your mouth is on fire , and you need relief ASAP. Here are some tried-and-true ways to extinguish the flames:

Milk is your best bet thanks to its fat and protein content which neutralize capsaicin. Gulping down a tall glass will help coat and soothe your mouth.

Starchy foods like bread, rice, or pasta absorb capsaicin to calm the spice . Avoid spicy and acidic foods, which could irritate your mouth more.

Suck on Ice Cubes

Ice or ice cream provides a numbing effect and cooling sensation. Plus, the cold temperature helps distract your pain receptors.

Wait It Out

Time is your friend here. Avoid drinking water, which spreads the heat around your mouth. The burning will fade in 30-40 minutes if you refrain from eating or drinking.

With these handy tips, you can quickly bounce back from ghost pepper noodle overload. But next time, you may want to exercise more restraint!

Complementary Dishes to Balance the Burn

Part of the fun of ultra-spicy dishes like ghost pepper noodles is pairing them with items that balance out the heat. Here are some complementary foods to serve alongside for a delicious combo:

  • Creamy Pasta:  Cooling pasta in alfredo or carbonara sauce makes the ideal counterpart. The creaminess balances the heat.
  • Fresh Fruit Salsa:  Sweet, juicy fruits like mango, pineapple, or strawberry tame the flame’s intensity.
  • Spicy Entrees:  If you really want to turn up the heat, match with spicy beef jerky, buffalo wings, or Cajun shrimp.
  • Refreshing Drinks:  Cool off with an icy cold beverage like lemonade, iced tea, lassi, or beer. The crisp flavors cleanse your palate.

Get creative mixing and matching to find the perfect heat-balancing flavors. Just be sure to start slowly and have backup dishes ready to manage the extreme spice .

Storing Leftovers Without Losing the Heat

Got leftover ghost pepper noodles? Follow these tips to keep them fiery fresh:

  • Store noodles in an  airtight container  in the fridge to prevent drying out.
  • When reheating, use  low heat  and add a bit of broth to maintain moisture.
  • Start by only reheating a  small portion  to test spice level before eating more.
  • Consider adding extra ghost pepper seasoning to  maintain the heat  if needed.

Proper storage and reheating are key to preserving ghost pepper noodles’ full flavor and spice . Handle them carefully so you can keep enjoying the heat!

Health Benefits and Risks of These Hellish Noodles

Should you make ghost pepper noodles a regular part of your diet? Here’s a look at the potential health pros and cons:

  • Capsaicin has anti-inflammatory effects to improve conditions like arthritis.
  • May support weight loss and heart health.
  • Vitamins A and C in peppers provide immune and skin benefits.
  • Can trigger digestive distress, especially in those with GI conditions.
  • Extreme heat can cause profuse sweating, flushed skin, and shortness of breath.
  • Must be consumed carefully due to risks of burning the mouth.

Overall, enjoy ghost pepper noodles moderately as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Don’t overdo it, watch for side effects, and ease in slowly if you’re new to extreme spice levels.

Ready to Turn Up the Heat?

Ghost pepper noodles are not for the faint of heart. With their sky-high Scoville rating, they’re one of the spiciest noodle dishes out there. But armed with the right techniques and a cautious approach, you can handle the heat and maybe even grow to love it!

Start small, have cooling foods at the ready, and sip plenty of milk to combat any capsaicin overload. Mix and match with mild dishes to balance the burn. And know your limits—there’s no shame in tapping out and accepting defeat from time to time.

The thrill of such extreme spice is part of what makes ghost pepper noodles so fun. Just brace yourself before taking the plunge into these fiery noodle depths. It’ll be a spicy ride!

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How hot is the Ghost Pepper Whopper? We tried it for ourselves 🔥

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Burger King promises face-melting spiciness with its newly launched Ghost Pepper Whopper – but does the heat live up to the hype?

The fast food chain added the spicy burger and new Ghost Pepper Chicken Fries to menus this month to celebrate spooky season. The Ghost Pepper Whopper, which first debuted in 2022, comes on a limited-time orange bun, topped with black sesame seeds.

Now through Halloween, Royal Perks members can purchase the Ghost Pepper Whopper, four-piece Ghost Pepper Chicken Fries, small French fries, a small fountain drink and a Hershey Sundae Pie for $13. The deal is available online or on the Burger King app. Customers can substitute the original Whopper and Chicken Fries for the deal.

The Enquirer set out to answer the question: How hot is the Ghost Pepper Whopper? Here's what we learned.

What comes on the Ghost Pepper Whopper?

Let's start by explaining what's in the Ghost Pepper Whopper. According to Burger King's website , the burger is a spicy take on the brand's flagship Whopper, and features a flame-grilled, 100% beef patty, melted spicy queso cheese, crispy jalapeños, bacon and ghost pepper cheese. These ingredients come sandwiched between two toasted orange buns, which get their coloring from paprika, according to the company.

Is the Ghost Pepper Whopper spicy?

A team of 11 Enquirer staff members sampled the Ghost Pepper Whopper. Most said the burger wasn't too spicy. The average spiciness rating on a 1-5 scale was 2.4. The lowest rating was 1, and the highest was 3.5. (However, everyone only had a couple of bites. Eating an entire whopper may have changed these ratings.)

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While the taste testers generally agreed the burger wasn't overwhelmingly spicy, most enjoyed its overall flavor. Only one tester chose not to finish the sample.

Everything You Need To Know About The Spicy Chili Pepper That Is The Ghost Pepper

Maria Foster

The ghost pepper is one of the world’s spiciest peppers and has been gaining popularity among spicy food lovers around the globe. 

Everything You Need To Know About The Spicy Chili Pepper That Is The Ghost Pepper

Originally from India, this chili pepper has gained a reputation for its intense heat and unique flavor profile. 

In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about the ghost pepper, from its history and cultivation to its uses in cuisine and health benefits. 

So get ready to get spicy as we dive into everything you need to know about the ghost pepper!

What Is The Ghost Pepper?

The bhut jolokia, or ghost pepper, is a chili pepper native to Northeast India.

It is one of the hottest peppers in the world, with a Scoville rating (referring to the unit of measurement used to dictate the heat of a pepper) that can range from 800,000 to over 1,000,000 Scoville units. 

Let’s put that into perspective a little bit. A jalapeño pepper tends to have a Scoville rating of around 2,500 to 8,000 units, making the ghost pepper up to 400 times hotter!

The ghost pepper is named for its ghostly bite and is characterized by its wrinkled, red-orange skin and tapered shape. 

It has a unique flavor profile that is both sweet and fruity, with a hint of smokiness. The heat of the ghost pepper is intense and can linger on the palate for several minutes after consumption.

The History Of The Ghost Pepper 

The ghost pepper has a long and fascinating history that dates back several centuries. The pepper originates from Northeastern India and was traditionally used in local cuisine and as a means of self-defense against wild animals.

It was also believed to have medicinal properties and was used to treat a range of ailments, from stomach aches to the common cold.

In the early 2000s, the ghost pepper gained international attention when it was declared the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness World Records. Its popularity skyrocketed, and it became a sought-after ingredient among spice enthusiasts and hot sauce makers around the world.

Today, the ghost pepper is widely cultivated in India and is also grown in other countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

It has become a staple ingredient in many spicy dishes, including curries, chutneys, and hot sauces. Despite its intense heat, the ghost pepper continues to captivate and intrigue spice lovers around the world.

The Cultivation Of The Ghost Pepper 

The ghost pepper is primarily cultivated in Northeast India, particularly in the states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. It is a tropical plant that thrives in hot and humid conditions, and it requires well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight.

The ghost pepper plant is a perennial shrub that can grow up to four feet tall. It produces small, white flowers that eventually give way to the pepper pods.

These pods typically mature to a bright red or orange color and can range in size from one to three inches in length.

The ghost pepper plant is highly adaptable and can be grown both in the ground and in containers. It requires regular watering and fertilization, and the peppers are typically harvested when they are fully matured.

Due to the intense heat of the ghost pepper, it is important to handle the plants with care and to use protective gloves when harvesting the peppers.

The peppers can also be dried and ground into a fine powder, which is often used as a spice in cooking and seasoning.

How Is The Ghost Pepper Used In Cuisine?

The ghost pepper is primarily used as a spice in cuisine, adding heat and flavor to a range of dishes. 

In Northeast India, where the ghost pepper is native, it is commonly used in curries, chutneys, and pickles. It is also used to flavor meat dishes, such as pork and chicken, and is sometimes added to desserts for a spicy kick.

In other parts of the world, the ghost pepper has become a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spice blends. It is often used in combination with other peppers and spices to create complex and flavorful sauces that pack a powerful punch. 

Some hot sauce makers even specialize in creating sauces made exclusively with ghost peppers.

The ghost pepper is also used in the production of pepper spray and other non-lethal weapons, due to its intense heat and irritant properties.

It is important to note that the ghost pepper is extremely hot and should be used in moderation, as it can easily overpower other flavors in a dish. 

When cooking with ghost peppers, it is recommended to handle them with gloves and to use caution when handling and chopping them, as the capsaicin in the peppers can cause skin irritation and burning sensations.

How To Cook With Ghost Peppers

When cooking with the ghost pepper, it is important to handle it with care and use it in moderation, as its heat level can easily overwhelm a dish. Here are some tips for cooking with ghost peppers.

Wear gloves when handling ghost peppers to avoid getting the capsaicin oil on your skin, which can cause a burning sensation.

Remove The Seeds

The seeds of the ghost pepper contain the highest concentration of capsaicin, so remove them before using the pepper in a dish. You can do this by cutting the pepper in half and scraping out the seeds with a spoon.

Use Sparingly 

Ghost peppers are extremely hot, so use them in small quantities to avoid overpowering the other flavors in a dish. You can add them to a dish in the form of a purée or finely chopped.

Pair With Complementary Flavors

The fruity and smoky flavor of the ghost pepper pairs well with citrus, vinegar, and herbs like cilantro and basil. Use these flavors to balance out the heat of the pepper.

Be Cautious When Cooking

The fumes from cooking with ghost peppers can be strong and can cause respiratory irritation, so make sure to cook in a well-ventilated area.

By following these tips, you can add the unique and intense flavor of the ghost pepper to your dishes without overwhelming your taste buds with heat.

Ghost Pepper Dishes

Everything You Need To Know About The Spicy Chili Pepper That Is The Ghost Pepper

Ghost peppers are primarily used to add heat to dishes, but they also add a distinctly fruity and smoky flavor. Here are some popular dishes that use ghost peppers.

Ghost Pepper Curry

This is a traditional Northeast Indian dish made with ghost peppers, chicken or lamb, onions, tomatoes, and a blend of spices. It is typically served with rice or flatbread.

Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

This hot sauce is made by blending ghost peppers with vinegar, garlic, and other spices. It can be used as a condiment on a variety of dishes, from tacos to eggs.

Ghost Pepper Salsa

This salsa is made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and ghost peppers. It is a great addition to grilled meats and fish.

Ghost Pepper Jerky

This is a popular snack that is made by marinating beef or venison in a mixture of ghost pepper powder, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. The meat is then dried to make a chewy and spicy snack.

Ghost Pepper Chocolate

This is a unique dessert that combines the heat of the ghost pepper with the sweetness of chocolate. It is made by adding ghost pepper powder to melted chocolate and then pouring it into molds to set.

Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings

Chicken wings coated in a spicy ghost pepper sauce, and then baked or fried until crispy. These wings are perfect for game day or as a spicy snack.

Ghost Pepper Chili

A hearty and spicy chili made with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and ghost pepper. This dish is perfect for warming up on a cold winter day.

These dishes are not for the faint of heart, as ghost peppers are extremely hot. However, for those who can handle the heat, they offer a unique and flavorful culinary experience.

The Ghost Pepper Vs The Carolina Reaper  

The ghost pepper and the Carolina Reaper are both extremely hot chili peppers and are among the hottest peppers in the world. However, the Carolina Reaper is currently considered the hottest pepper in the world by the Guinness World Records.

On the Scoville Scale, the Carolina Reaper ranges from 1.4 to 2.2 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), while the ghost pepper ranges from 855,000 to over 1 million SHU, as mentioned above.

This means that the Carolina Reaper is significantly hotter than the ghost pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a sweet, fruity flavor with a very intense and long-lasting heat.

Both peppers should be handled with care, as they can cause intense irritation and discomfort if not handled properly. 

It is important to use caution when consuming either of these peppers and to start with small amounts if you are not accustomed to spicy foods.

The Ghost Pepper Vs The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 

On the Scoville Scale , the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranges from 1.2 to 2 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), meaning that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is generally considered to be hotter than the ghost pepper.

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion has a fruity, floral flavor and is another pepper with a very intense and long-lasting heat, while the ghost pepper has a more earthy, smoky flavor with a relatively shorter-lasting heat.

The Possible Health Benefits Of The Ghost Pepper

Everything You Need To Know About The Spicy Chili Pepper That Is The Ghost Pepper

While ghost peppers are primarily known for their intense heat, they also have a number of possible health benefits. Here are some of the potential health benefits of ghost peppers.

Pain Relief

The capsaicin in ghost peppers can act as a natural pain reliever. It has been shown to help relieve pain associated with arthritis, neuropathy, and headaches.

Boosts Metabolism

Capsaicin is known to increase metabolism and promote fat burning , which can help with weight loss.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Capsaicin has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

Immune System Support

The vitamin C content in ghost peppers can help support the immune system and protect against infection.

It is important to note that ghost peppers should be consumed in moderation, as their heat can cause digestive discomfort or even allergic reactions in some individuals.

It is also important to consult a healthcare provider before adding ghost peppers to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medication.

The Potential Dangers Of The Ghost Pepper 

While the ghost pepper offers potential health benefits, it can also be dangerous if consumed in large quantities or by those who are sensitive to spicy foods.

Let’s take a look at some of the possible dangers that come with consuming the ghost pepper. 

Mouth And Throat Irritation

The intense heat of the ghost pepper can cause irritation and even damage to the mouth and throat when consumed in large amounts.

Digestive Issues

The capsaicin in ghost peppers can also cause digestive discomforts, such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea. 

Individuals with sensitive digestive systems or digestive disorders may be more susceptible to these effects.

Allergic Reactions

Some individuals may be allergic to ghost peppers, which can cause symptoms such as itching, hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing.

Skin Irritation

Ghost peppers can also cause skin irritation if they come into contact with the skin, especially if the skin is broken or sensitive.

It is also worth noting that misuse of ghost peppers, such as intentionally inhaling the powder or getting it in the eyes, can cause severe pain and even blindness.

Final Thoughts 

The ghost pepper is an incredibly hot chili pepper with a long history and an impressive heat level. 

It has been used in traditional Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine for centuries and is now gaining popularity in other parts of the world as well. 

While the ghost pepper offers a range of potential health benefits, it should be handled with care due to its extreme heat level, and caution should be taken when consuming it. 

Whether you are an experienced chili pepper enthusiast or just curious about the world of spicy foods, the ghost pepper is a fascinating ingredient to explore.

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    How-to Make Ghost Pepper Queso. Step 1: Saute the garlic in butter. Step 2: Add the half & half and tapioca starch. Bring to a simmer. Step 3: Stir in the cream cheese. Step 4: Stir in the shredded cheese. Step 5: Stir until melted and creamy. Step 6: Stir in Ghost Pepper Honey. Step 7: Serve right away.

  9. Ghost pepper

    The ghost pepper, also known as bhut jolokia (lit. 'Bhutan pepper' in Assamese), is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in Northeast India. It is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens.. In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the ghost pepper was the world's hottest chili pepper, 170 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.The ghost chili is rated at more than one ...

  10. Study: What Makes the Ghost Pepper So Spicy?

    - The Atlantic Science Where the Ghost Pepper Stores Its Heat New research explains how the hottest peppers get their spice. By Kendra Pierre-Louis A ghost pepper ( Manish Swarup / AP)...

  11. Spicy Ghost Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese- Taste Test & Review!

    Pepper Joe's World's Hottest Pepper Cheese Collection. Ghost Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese Review! Trader Joe's Cracker Assortment.Scorpion Cheddar Cheese Revi...

  12. 10 Ghost Pepper Recipes That Bring the Heat

    1. Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce Are you a fiend for fiery sauces? If so, check out this recipe, which is guaranteed to make your mouth water (in a good way). You can have this 7-ingredient recipe ready in just 30 minutes. Just chop, cook, then blend, that's all there is to it!

  13. Queso Dip Recipe

    Queso Dip Recipe by Mike Hultquist · May 26, 2021 · 14 Comments · Jump to Recipe This queso dip recipe is the perfect gooey cheese dip and so easy to make with lots of melted cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes and spices. Don't forget the chips! We're making Queso Dip in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen tonight, my friends! Would you like some?

  14. Wendy's®

    The new Ghost Pepper Ranch Chicken Sandwich takes our signature Spicy Chicken to the next level with ghost pepper infused American cheese, ghost pepper and ranch seasoned crispy onions, lettuce, tomato and a creamy ghost pepper ranch sauce, made with fresh herbs. That's four layers of unbeatable heat, kept in check by delicious ranch flavor!

  15. Ghost Pepper

    Ghost pepper cheese is another delicious way to enjoy the heat of ghost peppers. Many specialty cheese makers produce spicy cheeses infused with ghost pepper powder, which adds a fiery punch. These cheeses can be added to sandwiches and burgers or served on a cheese platter for an adventurous experience. Ghost pepper powder is a convenient way ...

  16. Cooking With Ghost Peppers: 7 Must-Follow Rules

    Table of Contents Rule 1: Respect the ghost Rule 2: Wear protective gear when handling fresh or dried ghost peppers Rule 3: Learn about treating chili burn prior to handling ghost peppers Rule 4: Choose simple recipes until you understand ghost pepper potency and flavor Rule 5: Remember less is best when first starting out

  17. What Is a Ghost Pepper and How Hot Are They?

    Ghost peppers are some of the world's hottest peppers — way hotter than jalapeño peppers or even habanero peppers — which means it's fairly impressive when someone can withstand the spice to eat one. In fact, in 2007, Guinness World Records labeled the ghost pepper the world's hottest chili pepper.

  18. Brace Yourself: Just How Spicy Are Ghost Pepper Noodles?

    What exactly gives these noodles their extreme heat? And can you even enjoy them without scorching your tastebuds? In short - yes, ghost pepper noodles live up to the hype as seriously spicy. Their intense burn comes from the iconic ghost pepper, one of the world's hottest chilis.

  19. QUESTION: Would you buy cheeses containing super hot peppers?

    Also, of course you can have spicy cheese, but the chilli would be hotter if it wasnt in the cheese. Dairy cancells out heat in the mouth. ... Costco was selling a 2 lb block of Finlandia ghost pepper jack cheese for a limited time. It was bright orange with peppers (mostly habanero, but there were ghost peppers too) and so hot, a tiny shred ...

  20. What To Do With Ghost Peppers

    5. Spicy Honey Goat Cheese Toasts. Soft goat cheese on crisp toasted bread, drizzled with spicy honey, a few ripe pear slices, and a sprinkling of toasted almond slices. This recipe uses árbol chile powder to add a kick to the honey, to substitute ghost peppers, mince 1/2 of a pepper and warm with the honey.

  21. How hot is the Ghost Pepper Whopper? We tried it for ourselves

    According to Burger King's website, the burger is a spicy take on the brand's flagship Whopper, and features a flame-grilled, 100% beef patty, melted spicy queso cheese, crispy jalapeños,...

  22. Spicy Pimento Cheese

    Mixing Bowl How to Make Spicy Pimento Cheese Grate all of your sharp cheddar cheese. Place that in a large mixing bowl alongside the drained pimentos and mayo. Stir that up really well. Add hot sauce to mixing bowl… And the cayenne pepper and hot sauce. Stir again until well blended.

  23. Everything You Need To Know About The Spicy Chili Pepper ...

    Let's put that into perspective a little bit. A jalapeño pepper tends to have a Scoville rating of around 2,500 to 8,000 units, making the ghost pepper up to 400 times hotter! The ghost pepper is named for its ghostly bite and is characterized by its wrinkled, red-orange skin and tapered shape.